Efforts to rekindle lines of communication between India and Pakistan could be in jeopardy following a series of clashes on the disputed Line of Control which divides Pakistan-held and Indian-held Kashmir. A meeting between the two prime ministers had been mooted to take place in late September 2013, with leaders hoping for an improvement in trade between the two countries and a reduction of the threat from terrorist groups. But factions within each country could use the clashes as reasons to call a halt to any dialogue.

<i>Indo-Pakistani tensions are rising after a series of clashes in August 2013 which killed several Indian and Pakistani troops along the Line of Control di...

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 Lisa Curtis
If Mr Singh refuses to meet Mr Sharif, it will weaken the Pakistani prime minister’s hand in moving forward with confidence building measures, like granting India MFN trading status
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